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Food colouring markers: Edible ink for cookie decorating

I went to Homesense in search of bar stools the other day but instead of coming home with seating, I returned with a few extra baking supplies. My favourite find is these FoodWriter edible food colour markers from Wilton ($10).

Food colouring markers

Green, blue, red, black and yellow food colouring markers. Photo by Jennifer Melo

My piping technique sucks but I have plenty of practise with markers after years of colouring pages with my nieces. So food colouring markers are genius inventions for novice cookie decorators like me.


Food colouring marker tip

Food colouring marker tip is fine at the end for details and thick on the sides for shading. Photo by Jennifer Melo

Although these markers are of the bold tip variety, the tip’s not so bold that you can’t use it to draw some detail work. Here’s a shot of the packaging in case you want to find it in stores.


FoodWriter edible colour markers packaging. Photo by Jennifer Melo

I couldn’t wait to try using these markers and I had just the baking project coming up to put these bad boys to use. I soon discovered that cute Easter bunny cookies are adorable when I can draw, rather than pipe, a face.

3 steps for flat cookies that are easy to decorate

A lumpy, bumpy cookie keeps you from having a nice, smooth surface where icing can spread with consistency. But you can help encourage a flat cookie with a little trick I tried, with good results.

It’s not fancy and takes just a few minutes. Ready for it? Here’s what to do:

1. After removing your baked cookies from the oven, set them to cool on a rack for 1 or 2 minutes.

2. Next, place the cookies on a solid surface such as a countertop.

3. Place a wooden cutting board on top of the cookies and let the weight of the board and the magic of gravity do its thing. I use a sheet of parchment paper as a barrier to minimize risk of cross-contamination.

wood cutting board

There be cookies under that cutting board! Photo by Jennifer Melo

For best results, the cookies should be warm and a bit pliable when you weigh them down with a flat object. You could use plates, books, or anything that’s no so heavy it crushes, excessively flattens or misshapes the cookies and not so light that it has no effect on the cookie’s uneven sections.

That’s it! That’s my trick for making flat cookies that are easy to decorate. It works for me and I hope it works for you too.